Digital inclusion in Utah isn't just an infrastructure problem
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
In 2017, according to the U.S. Census American Community Survey, one in every six U.S. homes did not have a conventional home broadband connection (cable, DSL or fiber), or a satellite Internet link, or even a mobile data account for a smartphone or tablet. The numbers in Utah are similar with over 16% (1 in 6) lacking access to a critical broadband connection.
This lack of access is about far more than the internet. Technology plays a role in nearly every aspect of our lives and economy. Smart devices, the internet of things, and digital infrastructure have changed the way we receive doctors’ advice, connect with loved ones, apply for and commute to jobs, and receive information about our world.